Friday, August 29, 2008

The Finishing Touch



Jeff Styles, SoCalPinstriper.com, lays the finishing touch on Hector's latest Rod this Past Tuesday night at the weekly cruise night held at Fuddrucker's on El Toro Road in Lake Forest, CA. Check out Jeff's site for more info and pics of his latest creations. You can see the rest of the pics from the Cruise Night at SoCalCarCulture.com

Monday, August 25, 2008

Foothill Ranch Cruise Night 08-25-08




This was one of my favorites at the Monthly Monday Night Cruise at Towne Center in Foothill Ranch, CA. The Model T lends itself to so many variations and this one just says FUN! Check out all the pics from the show at SoCalCarCulture.com

Sunday, August 24, 2008

10th Annual Enderle Center Car Show



Enderle Center's annual Car Show is always popular and this year was no different, after filling the parking lot by about 9 am the late arrivals had to settle for overflow parking on the blocked-off street adjacent to the center. There is always something that catches my eye and this morning it was this Chicago Electric. I forgot to ask the owner what year this one is but after a brief search I found out they were made from 1915-16. See all the pics from the show at SoCalCarCulture.com.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Back from the Salt



The Hop Up team stopped by Cars & Coffee today on their way home from Bonneville Speed Week. Arriving at the end of the show all they did was cruise through the lot on their way back to their shop. The truck and the race car were still covered with salt and the rear bumper on the truck was packed, some was falling out as they hit bumps in the lot. All the pics are on SoCalCarCulture.com.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sneak Preview: 2010 Cadillac SRX Crossover



Today Cadillac provided a special sneak preview of the next-generation SRX Crossover, a 2010 model that will launch worldwide in mid-2009.The all-new SRX is intended to bring a more dynamic alternative to the heart of the luxury crossover segment, featuring a fresh iteration of Cadillac’s signature design language.
“The next-generation SRX is the result of the continued exploration and refining of Cadillac design language, with the goal of creating dramatic presence in the luxury crossover space,” says Clay Dean, Cadillac design director.
The all-new SRX debuts at major global auto shows later this year, at which time complete details will be released. The 2010 model will replace the current SRX Crossover, which launched in 2004 as a key component of Cadillac’s ongoing product renaissance and global expansion. This next-generation crossover is similar in styling and proportion to Cadillac’s Provoq Concept that appeared in many auto shows during 2008.

Lincoln To Produce MKT Crossover



Kicking off the weekend marking the celebrated Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lincoln today confirms it will produce the Lincoln MKT, a premium, three-row luxury crossover based on a the well-received concept vehicle.
“The Lincoln MKT reinforces our commitment to further expand America’s fastest-growing luxury brand, providing an all-new vehicle to the showroom that’s been crafted and honed for a new kind of customer,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company’s president of The Americas.
“The MKT will offer the comfort of a luxury sedan, the spaciousness and flexibility of a crossover and the performance of a sports sedan, courtesy of its EcoBoost engine,” he added. “At the same time, this perfect blend of performance and power is elegantly wrapped in the refined design cues that have become synonymous with modern Lincolns.”
The Lincoln MKT will build on a string of successful Lincoln products launched in recent years. The Lincoln MKX, a two-row crossover, and the Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedan have earned high praise from consumers and continue to gain share in their respective segments.
The flagship Lincoln MKS luxury sedan, introduced earlier this summer, has seen strong early sales, as well. Dynamic and clean-lined, the Lincoln MKS is the first production vehicle to embrace the strong new Lincoln design DNA. New Lincoln products, including the new MKT crossover, will feature this distinctive new Lincoln design language as well as industry-leading technologies.
The Lincoln MKT crossover will join the Lincoln lineup in calendar year 2009, along with an upgraded Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedan – plus an additional version of the flagship Lincoln MKS sedan powered by an EcoBoost engine.
In addition to a fuel-efficient 3.7-liter normally aspirated V-6 engine, the Lincoln MKT also will offer an EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 engine that will deliver an estimated 340 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque.
The Lincoln MKT will join other vehicles early in the EcoBoost engine technology rollout, including the Lincoln MKS luxury sedan and Ford Flex.
EcoBoost engines feature turbocharged direct injection technology and deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy and 15 percent improved emissions than larger-displacement engines. In the Lincoln MKS and MKT, for instance, the EcoBoost engine delivers the fuel economy of a V-6 engine but the performance feel of a V-8.
Ford is making a significant commitment to EcoBoost engine technology. Within five years, the company plans to produce 750,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles annually – in vehicles ranging from small cars to full-size pickups in markets around the world.
“EcoBoost engine technology is another symbol of what luxury means today,” Fields said. “Lincolns should drive as beautifully as they look, delivering as much refinement on the road as their designs do even while standing perfectly still.”
Taking cues from its performance sedan sibling and the MKT concept vehicle first shown at the North American International Auto Show in January, the Lincoln MKT will feature the distinctive bow-wave, double-wing grille; clean, uncluttered surfaces; powerful, dynamic beltline; chamfered surface running parallel to the beltline; significant C-pillar that smoothly transitions into the cantilevered roof and a powerful roofrail.
“Embracing the same spirit as the concept, the Lincoln MKT’s design represents harmony in motion, balancing sculptured shapes and contours traditionally associated with beautiful cars on a crossover vehicle that offers the luxury of space and efficient, powerful performance,” said Peter Horbury, Ford’s executive director of Design for The Americas.
The MKT will provide seating for up to seven passengers and all the latest in-car connectivity technologies that customers have come to expect from Lincoln.
This includes a new version of SYNC, the company’s industry-leading connectivity technology that fully integrates customers’ Bluetooth technologies including mobile phones and MP3 players.
Plus, next-generation navigation system technology and new safety and security features will be available, including the new Blind Spot Monitoring and Cross Traffic Alert System.
Working in conjunction with the blind spot information system, Cross Traffic Alert warns the driver of impending traffic while backing out of a parking spot.
When cross traffic is approaching, an indicator light provides a warning in the corresponding outside mirror, as well as an audible warning.

Cross Traffic Alert utilizes the blind spot system’s two multibeam radar modules, which are packaged in the rear quarter panels – one per side. These modules identify when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone; an indicator light provides a warning in the outside mirror corresponding to the side in which the vehicle is approaching.
The system can pick up an object moving at up to 18 miles per hour within a 65-foot range – or three parking spaces – from either the left or right side of the vehicle.
The Lincoln MKT will be manufactured in Ford Motor Company’s Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada. Additional product details will be made available closer to the Lincoln MKT’s launch.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pontiac Names All New Sport Truck The G8 ST



After sifting through more than 18,000 possibilities, Pontiac has chosen to keep it simple, naming the recently revealed G8 sport truck the “ G8 ST.”
Thousands of fans submitted suggestions during a “Tame the Name” promotion, which delayed a final announcement until each possibility was considered and cleared for possible trademark use.
“Frankly, we were blown away by both the volume and quality of the names that were submitted,” said Craig Bierley, BPG product marketing director for cars and crossovers. “’ G8 ST’ was one of the most popular suggestions, plus we noticed a far broader trend toward simple, easy-to-remember names.”
“El Camino” was also a sentimental favorite, given the G8 ST’s resemblance to the classic Chevy.
“We actually thought very long about El Camino,” said Bierley. “In the end, we felt it was more appropriate to honor the El Camino’s unique place as part of Chevy’s heritage and not use that nameplate on a Pontiac.”
Perhaps the ultimate reflection of the blurring line between cars and trucks, the G8 ST will create a unique niche segment in the marketplace: a sports car with truck-like cargo and towing capabilities. Sharing the basic architecture and 361 hp V8 engine as the G8 GT performance sedan, it will offer a 73.9-inch cargo bed that has 42.7 cubic feet of cargo space and can carry a payload of 1,000 pounds (453 kg) or tow a 3,500-pound (1,587 kg) trailer.
Thanks to its six-speed automatic transmission and Active Fuel Management system, the G8 ST should offer some of the best fuel economy numbers for V8-powered vehicles with similar cargo/towing ratings while still turning in zero-to-60 times of 5.4 seconds.
The G8 ST will be available in late 2009 as a 2010 model and will be backed by GM’s industry best 100,000 mile, 5-year powertrain warranty. Pricing will be announced closer to availability.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Starlite Garage Open House - 08-17-08



Just heard that Starlte Rod & Kustom will hold their 2nd Annual Open House this coming Sunday. Their truck is well known around the Southland! Check out SoCalCarCulture's Events page for all the info on this show and hundreds more.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Stu Hilborn's Streamliner

The Stu Hilborn Streamliner was a topic of discussion today on the H.A.M.B so I posted what I had shot of this Jim Lattin recreation that was shown at the 2005 Grand National Roadster Show. Here's the link to the album of pics and the link to the slideshow if you'd like to see more.





Saturday, August 2, 2008

Welcome


Hi there, Dave Lindsay from SoCalCarCulture.com here, I’ll be blogging to bring you the latest SoCal Car Culture news. I’ll let you know about upcoming shows, the hottest cruise nights, some of the latest trends and what’s under construction in some of the shops. You’ll also be able to visit my photo albums and experience the local Car Culture vicariously as I shoot as many shows as I can get to.

Live out of town and planning to visit LA? The Events and Cruise Nights sections of SoCalCarCulture.com will help you find something automotive related to make your visit to LA memorable.

I’m just a gear head at heart having grown up knowing car names practically before I could speak, or so it seems. Everything in the automotive world has fascinated me for as long as I can remember, this fascination spans the various cultures of the hobby/sport and I truly enjoy everything on wheels from Hot Rods & Customs to Street Machines, Musclecars to Exotics, Lowriders to Off-Road, Drifting to Drag Racing and anything in between.

One of the greatest rewards of any hobby is the people involved and the local Car Culture is no different, I make new friends at every show I attend and am constantly reminded of how many great pioneers of this hobby/sport are right here in our backyard.

Be sure to check here frequently for updates and look at SoCalCarCulture.com to find an event to attend or just to see what’s been happening in the local Car Culture.

See you at the Shows!

Dave